Due to the sudden drop in the volume of water being supplied by the Puerto Princesa City Water District, water rationing scheme is being implemented starting today, March 28. The volume of water has dropped to 27, 514 cubic-meter production capacity per day from 55, 000 cubic-meter per day thus the water district has no option but to distribute the water through rationing. “Wala na tayong choice ngayon kundi mag-rationing. Kailangan nating bigyan ng tubig ang matataas na lugar,” said PPCWD General Manager Antonio Jesus R. Romasanta. Since 12:00 midnight of March 28, all elevated areas like San Miguel, Rizal Avenue, Rizal Avenue Extension, Barangays Maningning, Manggahan, Model, Masikap, Magkakaibigan, Masipag, Maunlad, Bagong Sikat, Tanglaw, Milagrosa and Bancao-Bancao will have supply of water until 12:00 noon of same day. The areas of Tiniguiban, Wescom Road and whole areas of Bgy. San Pedro, Mandaragat, Mabuhay, Pagkakaisa, Bagong Silang, Sicsican, Tagburos, San Jose and Irawan will have water supply from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Romasanta said that this rationing scheme is based on the initial monitoring of the first day of implementation “It is more smoothly compare to last year. Dati kasi hindi nasusunod ang oras, ngayon okay na. Kung hindi man, konti na lang ang diperensya.” However, Romasanta cannot specifically determine the duration of the rationing scheme. Based on the record of the water district in the past 2 years, the rationing scheme usually ends on the last part of May or when rainy season already starts. PPCWD is utilizing three water tanker, two of which have the capacity of 14 cubic meters and one with 10 cubic-meter capacity. These water tankers are providing water to some areas with very low pressure. Additional two water tankers with the capacity of 14 cubic meters each are scheduled for procurement to augment the lack of facility of the water district in this time of crisis. Despite the extent of drought that affects the water supply in the city, Romasanta has kept asking for prayers and patience from the consumers.